A few years ago, inspired by my favorite theme restaurant, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney Studios, Florida, I decided to make my own intermission mix video. It feature 1950s and 1960s sci-fi trailers, snack bar advertisements and technology newsreel footage. It was always my intention to make more of these and put together a party DVD, but I’ve just never had the time. One day, I may revisit the idea.

If you’re into classic sci-fi or drive-in culture, enjoy!

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  1. Darrin
    Darrin says:

    BTW… have you seen that news clip they play at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater that shows the little ventriloquist dummy with the cigarette in his mouth? He’s driving a miniature self driven concept car. Have been looking for that clip on the web but have yet to find it.

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    • Jason
      Jason says:

      Thanks kindly Darrin! I’ve spent many, MANY hours in the Sci-Fi. Especially back when I had a seasonal pass and didn’t have to rush around to do the rides.
      I do indeed remember the ventriloquist dummy with the cigarette, but I’m trying to remember if I noticed it the last time I visited. Disney has gotten kind of PC when it comes to smoking, even going so far as to digitally remove a cigarette from Pecos Bill’s mouth in “Melody Time”. Because I can’t remember seeing the smoking dummy last time I was there, I’d say there is a possibility that it was edited out. Don’t quote me on my memory though. It’s been a few years since I watched the entire loop. And I hope I’m wrong.

      The first place I’d check for it would be archive.org, which I’m betting you’ve already done. I’ll keep my eyes out for it in my travels. If I find it, I will definitely let you know.

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    • Jason
      Jason says:

      Oh good, I really hope it hasn’t been cut out. Disney should sell a dvd of the Sci-Fi Dine-In’s mix in the lobby. I’m sure there’s enough nuts like us who would buy it to make a small printing worthwhile.

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    • Jason
      Jason says:

      Thanks Braxton. The Drive-In experience is one that every kid should have. There’s one about 50 miles outside of Orlando called the Silvermoon. Probably the best remaining drive-in in Florida. When the weather’s nice, my wife and I still make a point of driving out there for a double feature. Gotta support these establishments now, or they’ll be gone before too long.
      Thanks for posting!

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  2. Dawn & Ron
    Dawn & Ron says:

    Just discovered your site today when doing a search for classic films in central Florida. First, thanks for the list, it’s nice having the films available in an easy calendar format. There are some great ones that would be great to finally see on the big screen. I now it’s early but we are so excited to see Dracula, 80th anniversary, in October at the Enzian.
    We have to ask where is this Silvermoon drive-in theater you mentioned?

    Thanks so much from two new followers!

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    • Jason
      Jason says:

      Thank you for the kind words! The Silvermoon Drive-In is in Lakeland, midway between Orlando and Tampa. Great place to see a movie or two, when the weather’s nice.

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